Roman Mars and 99% Invisible remember a time when the Soviet Union was a world player, but not in design. We hear about their impassioned effort to recreate designs and manufacture goods- just like the rest of the world.
When a quarter million people marched on Washington in 1963, the city shut down, and police and military were on guard in case of rioting. Fifty years later, a minister, a photographer, a ranger, and a student turned activist remember it as one of the greatest moments of their lives.
Tomorrow is the 45th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. At the time, Sorell Schwartz was a newly minted officer at the Naval Medical Research Center in Bethesda, Md. Soon after he found out about the assassination, Sorell learned the president's body was being transported to his hospital. As he tells Dick Gordon, Sorell next found himself with a lot of responsibility - leading the effort to receive the casket and grieving family members, while also managing a growing crowd of onlookers. Also in this epsiode: Andrew Questell has been playing the blues since he was just a kid - 10 years old. He's now 14.
Dr. Cleveland Sellers has risen through the ranks of academia and is now president of Voorhees College, a historically black school in his hometown of Denmark, S.C. But there was a time when Cleveland Sellers couldn’t even get a job. Cleveland was a prominent civil rights activist in the 1960s and was watched closely by law enforcement. When police opened fire on a group of students protesting segregation in Orangeburg, S.C., Cleveland was blamed and thrown in prison.
In August 1970, a woman named Judy Syfers stood before a crowd gathered in San Francisco and read an essay she wrote entitled "Why I Want a Wife." The crowd was gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. Also in this episode: the story of a brick.
Artur Talvik is an Estonian filmmaker who grew up under the iron thumb of the Soviet Union. He used to attend huge song festivals, where Estonians would sing "My Homeland is My Love." That song helped remind them of their dream of freedom, and it gave them courage when, in 1991, Artur and other Estonians stood down Soviet tanks.